I first heard about 'balance bikes' a few years ago whilst Teaching Reception year at school. Until then, I really hadn't seen the point in a bike without any pedals...surely it defeats the object?! However, after taking part in a training session with my class and seeing the massive impact that the balance bikes had and the obvious progression in skills I am now a total convert. We have one ready for Arthur when he is big enough which his Grandparents bought for him last Christmas, and I really have been itching for him to be able to use it! You see, Arthur is a very active little boy and he LOVES pretty much anything with wheels.
Imagine my delight then, when we were given the opportunity to review the Toddlebike2 - a 'pre-balance bike' for toddlers once they are confidently walking. I am actually amazed ( and a little ashamed) that I hadn't heard of this before...Arthur started walking at 10 months so we have had a long time of waiting for him to be big enough for his balance bike when we could have been using this Toddlebike2 instead...
One of the great things about this bike is that it is so lightweight (less than 1kg)! Arthur picks this up himself with ease which makes is super easy to get yourself out of a tight spot!
Here are afew other important features to note...
This is so easy to clean as it is made from hardwearing plastic, which means you can easily use outside, give it a rinse and a dry and then bring it back inside. We have used ours inside mainly because it has just been so wet and miserable lately ( and our Toddlebike arrived on the day that it snowed!!).
The only thing I will say is that the plastic wheels were a little bit slippy on our laminate floor at first, but now that it has been used for a couple of weeks it has a bit more 'grip!'. Obviously, this is where rubber wheels would help, but of course this would increase the weightof the product.
Arthur absolutely loves his Toddlebike2 (pictured above) - at first he was very confused as to where the pedals were and kept looking for them and asking "where pedals Mummy?" but once he got the hang of it he was well away...in fact, he is now such a whizz on his Toddlebike that he can even ride it with a pair of gloves on his feet...
This really tickled me yesterday 🙊 Arthur wearing my gardening gloves on his feet whilst having a ride on his @toddlebike - I was going to save this video for the #toddlebike review but it was too funny not to share 😂 the new #toddlerfashion ??! #toddlersofinstagram #kidsofinstagram #ukparentbloggers #kcacols #video
...but seriously, what a brilliant piece of equipment! When I first opened it I was a little bit worried as to just how sturdy it would be but it has surpassed my expectations. I'll be honest, (because this is of course an honest review!) and I know I wont be alone in admitting using a toy outside of the recommended age limits - but my 6 year old Neice spent just as much time on this Toddlebike during our recent Family weekend in Northumberland as Arthur did. In fact, at one point they were both sat on it and it survived the holiday and came home completely intact. I'm not recommending you try this of course, just pointing out how deceptively tough this little bike really is!
Speaking of Northumberland, it was amazing to be able to pop the Toddlebike in the car, on top of our luggage, knowing it was light enough and small enough to just take away with us easily. There were no toys etc at the cottage we stayed in and this little bike was our saviour in helping a very energetic toddler burn off come energy whilst it was -5 degrees outside!
I can't recommend this highly enough, I just wish we had found out about it sooner!
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